Friday, March 4, 2016

Umm... @HuffPo, no that is NOT Lord Vishnu, It's Donald Trump

, Umm... no that is NOT Lord Vishnu, It's Donald Trump

Two days ago Huffington Post writer Adrija Bose  posted an article about #HindusForTrump insinuating that our now notorious nascent logo depicted USA presidential candidate Donald Trump as the Hindu god Vishnu, Lord of Preservation. Indeed, the title of her article is "Trump As Lord Vishnu? How Hindus In America Are Campaigning For Donald Trump".  Ms. Bose went on to make the subtle yet incendiary accusation that we had replaced our Hindu gods with Donald Trump instead:
Obviously, these intrepid 'Hindus' were not very worried about their revered deities - which include heavyweights like Brahma and VishnuSaraswati and Lakshmi - having a meltdown over Trump taking their place in the display picture.
So inflammatory and outrageous was this projection by Ms. Bose that within two days the claim that Hindus For Trump was disrespecting our Hindu gods and causing outrage could be found on literally a dozen blogs and other tabloids such as the New York Post, International Business Times, Scroll India, and the India Times. The unfounded and completely illogical claim that we were deifying Donald Trump brought rebukes and abuses to our Facebook Page and Twitter Account from every race, ethnicity, religion and political persuasion.  The utterly false and ridiculous claim even brought comment from the Hindu American Political Action Committee (HAPAC) who stated that our depiction of Donald Trump as a "Hindu Deity" was "not in good taste":

Rishi Bhutada, treasurer of the Hindu American PAC, told Diya TV “Hindus are supporting all sorts of political views. As a group, I don’t think they are supporting one candidate.” When asked about the deification of Trump in the poster by ‘Hindus for America’, Bhutada called the group “overly enthusiastic” and said “it’s probably not in good taste to cast a Presidential candidate in the same pose as a Hindu deity.”


There was absolutely no valid reason to equate our nascent logo depicting Donald Trump sitting in a lotus position (padmāsana) BEHIND a lotus to his supposed deification as Vishnu. First and foremost, while Hindu iconography often depicts almost any god or non-god sitting upon a lotus, Lord Vishnu is most often imaged sitting upon his mount, the god-snake Shesha. And while yes, Hindu deities and revered humans are often seen sitting in the padmāsana pose UPON a lotus, once again please take a look at the nascent logo and see that Donald Trump is most definitely BEHIND the red, white and blue lotus.  Verily, view carefully enough and you will see that it is Donald Trump who is in the pupil position here, hopefully eventually to be enlightened by the American Hindu influence. Please note, we are "HINDUS for Trump", not "TRUMP for Hindus"... the direction of energy flow is from us to him and not the other way around... Trump is in no way depicted as a god here. 


Ms. Bose also seemed to find our (again nascent) logo "strange"... as if this combination of lotus and politician was somehow unprecedented.  The current logo of the ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party, is that of a lotus.  The party leader and current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, a man who Donald Trump says brings "optimism" to India, is often shown sitting in or popping out of a lotus in party member iconography and promotional materials. However very few if any would ever claim that Modi's supporters are depicting him as Lord Vishnu!  


If Ms. Bose and her Huffpo affiliates are really so interested in reporting on the defamation of Hindu gods, they need not manufacture false allegations against us, they can very easily find genuine malicious intent in Bollywood.  The 2014 Bollywood flick "PK" depicts a scene of the Hindu god Shiva using a public bathroom and being mildly assaulted by the movie's main "protagonist" (played by Muslim actor Aamir Khan) whose character is mocking and disrespectful to Hindu gurus. Ms. Bose can also look into Indian Muslim artist M. F. Husain who paints Hindu gods in the nude but has never depicted the Muslim god Allah in the same compromising position. Here is a real assault on our Hindu deities that can be reported on, not some typical lotus/politician montage.


Ms. Bose and her media colleagues must stop with their nefarious agenda of dividing Hindus. Fortunately for them, they need not go far to report on real defamation of Hindu iconography. The anti-Hindu Awaaz Network splashed an image of Narendra Modi wielding a sword, with an Om turning into a Nazi Swastika across the British Parliament during Modi’s U.K. visit. Where was this media’s subtle inflammatory insinuation? Where was the expertly tailored denunciation? Instead of putting forth a forceful condemnation of the flagrant disrespect of Hindu symbols, the Scroll and its English language affiliates in India and abroad, used this rank action to further malign Hindu organizations and Modi.

In a mature Democracy, the right to criticize a government, leader, or group is certainly protected speech. But what many will find outright objectionable is the blatant disregard for their sacred symbols, and the complete lack of any condemnation from the media they have entrusted for fair and balanced reportage.  Ms. Bose may want to invest her time in reporting this real issue where a group deliberately misuses religious symbols. A word of heartfelt advice to Ms. Bose and the broader media fraternity is: please do not read defamation where there is none, and please do not invent stories for the sake of creating friction and divisions among the Hindu community. There are far more grave issues for you to focus on.

Perhaps Ms. Bose and Huffpo can correct their article and remove these false allegation against us.



Friday, February 12, 2016

Evidence that USA Hindus are supporting Trump

Sources estimate that there are between 1.5 million and 2.5 million Hindus living in the USA. But is there any evidence that this growing demographic is organizing to support Trump?  Yes!  And this support is coming from some of the most influential and widely respected names within the Hindu community. 

Indian-Americans For Trump 2016

Now it is an obvious fact that not all American Hindus support Trump, maybe not even most, but yes, many American Hindus are rallying to elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Evidence for this fact can be found in the burgeoning American Hindu political scene, an arena which has yet to be noticed by the mainstream.  On January 21, 2016, four Hindu Americans launched the PAC "Indian-Americans For Trump 2016".  The launch of the PAC was significant enough to be reported by top media such as NBCThe Hindu, and The Times of India. The founders of "Indian-Americans For Trump 2016" are well known members of the American Hindu community. Dr. Sudhir Parikh, MD is the Advisory Chair for the organization, he is also the owner of Parikh World Media, an umbrella corporation which houses news outlets influential among Hindus such as Desi Talk, The Indian American and The Gujrat Times. The group's president is Dr. A.D. Amar, PhD, Professor of Management (strategy, policy and knowledge) at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. New York-based attorney Anand Ahuja serves as vice president, and the unmistakable New Jersey businessman Devendra "Dave" Makkar is treasurer. These names are not unknown in the American Hindu social and political circuit. 

Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) Endorses Trump

However, this is not the first presidential endorsement by Hindus for Donald Trump.  The world renowned and cross-sectional "Indian American Intellectuals Forum" (IAIF) endorsed Donald Trump for president back in August of 2015 in the release of their widely circulated "India World Geopolitics" print newspaper.  IAIF was founded by the late Narain Kataria, an almost universally respected man whose funeral was attended by hundreds in New York City.  Kataria was a Hindu from Sindh Pakistan who was forced to flee his home after Pakistan became an Islamic State in the 1950's which sparked Muslim pogroms against Hindus and other minorities (Christians and Sikhs). Narain Kataria spent much of his retired years warning Americans about the dangers of Islamization and highlighting the plight of Hindus under Islamic rule in Pakistan and Bangladesh.  You can read his works on his blog (here). Kataria and his IAIF crew were part of the organizing force which brought Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Madison Square Garden on September 28th of 2014, also organizing a rally for Modi outside the United Nations the day before. The IAIF's full back cover advertisement for Trump in their "India World Geopolitics" newspaper reads:

"Problems of America and the world are unprecedented, America needs a President who can solve problems, cure economy, make excellent deals, deliver results, counter challenges and threats to the nation with strong will and inspire the nation to new direction . That is Donald Trump. He needs no favor from any quarter. All that he seeks is your support to get the start for a new and safe America and towards a more secure world." - See Last Page Of "India World Geopolitics".  

If this is not resounding endorsement than nothing is. 

Hindus Break With Democrat Tradition
Launch "Hindu Republican Coalition"

Like many immigrant groups, Indian Hindus have always traditionally voted Democrat.  However, recent events have shown a growing fissure between the community and the DNC.  As reported in The Hill in November of 2015, Capitol Hill saw the launch of the new "Hindu Republican Coalition", founded by Chicago-based businessman Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar.  "Kumar, who is close to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has relationships in the Republican Party dating back to the Reagan administration" The Hill reports. The launch was attended by GOP heavy hitters such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas). Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  While the Hindu Republican Coalition has not officially endorsed Trump for president, the formation of the coalition shows a changing mentality among the American Hindu electorate.

Answer Raise New Questions 

When one accepts the fact that there is indeed a reputable constituency of Hindus who are supporting Donald Trump for president, it naturally leads to the question "why?'. This is the very question #HindusForTrump wants to raise in the minds of the American public, why would many American Hindus support such a controversial candidate?  The 2016 presidential election will serve as a platform for Hindu Americans to bring their unique perspective to the forefront, their perspective on such issues as Islam, illegal immigration, investment opportunities, socialism and military alliances.